LMK LEADERS

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Our talented and dynamic team of LMK leaders are mainly youth workers or counsellors

They help young people recognise healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, leading impactful discussions across all our programmes.

Ameliah Rayn

Ameliah Rayn

Ameliah is a qualified youth worker and probation officer, with an in-depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding. She is adept at using coaching and mentoring techniques to deliver early support to troubled families and has developed and facilitated parenting programmes and workshops with young people to raise their self esteem and confidence. She is passionate about giving children a voice and protecting vulnerable young adults.

Rebecca Waclawyj

Rebecca Waclawyj

Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience working in youth offending and probation services, prisons and specialist services undertaking assessments and therapeutic interventions with perpetrators of domestic abuse. She’s an experienced facilitator, trainer, project manager and has worked as a consultant to local authorities and an expert witness in cases of domestic abuse in family courts. She currently works as the National Programme Manager for Y’s Girls mentoring programme at the YMCA. Rebecca is passionate about embedding equity and inclusion to support

Daniel Obadiaru

Daniel Obadiaru

Growing up in the care system, Daniel experienced challenges that left him with the determination and knowledge to help other young people overcome similar difficulties. He is passionate about empowering individuals to take action to address issues impacting their lives and, over the course of a decade, has worked with young people in schools, local authorities and youth clubs to do just that. He hopes to inspire young people to make a positive contribution to society.

Joseph Winer

Joseph Winer

Joseph has been working in youth and community engagement roles since 2015, primarily as a drama facilitator in primary and secondary schools, informal education settings, and with community groups. He has led a wide range of participatory arts projects, including community audio walks, LGBTQ+ climate justice workshops, and lots of performance events. He is particularly passionate about teaching skills which give everybody the confidence to use their voices, and in using the creative arts to develop communication, teamwork and imagination skills.

Lerato Islam

Lerato Islam

Lerato is an applied theatre facilitator and creative educator, specialising in work with refugee and asylum seeking communities. She designs alternative education interventions with organisations such as Springboard Youth Academy and Street Child United. She also leads applied theatre workshops across London, in collaboration with The Kiln Theatre, The Arcola and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust. Lerato is passionate about the positive impact the arts can have on young people, and its ability to enhance not only their development, but also their understanding of the world around them. Lerato strives to use drama and the arts as a tool for sustainable and critical social change.

Anshu Kashyap

Anshu Kashyap

Anshu is a senior rapid response practitioner, working with young people and families in crisis. She has worked within Children and Family Services for the last 12 years, gaining an in-depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding. Through her role as a sexual exploitation worker, Anshu has extensive experience of creating and delivering sexual health, consent and healthy relationship workshops for young people and is passionate about supporting all young people to make informed choices.

Ruin Massia

Ruin Massia

Ruin is a qualified social worker and highly experienced facilitator, working predominantly in the charity sector with adults living with mental health issues. He is employed as a Violence Prevention Practitioner at DVIP, undertaking assessments and therapeutic intervention work with perpetrators of domestic abuse. He is passionate about promoting healthy, non-abusive relationships.

Nina Dei

Nina Dei

Nina has over 15 years’ experience in community engagement, working directly with children and vulnerable adults to bring about positive change in local communities. She began her career as a youth support worker and is now head of mentoring at the Drive Forward Foundation, helping young adults leaving foster or residential care find employment.

Anna Wild

Anna Wild

Anna has dedicated her professional career to working with young people - delivering sex education in a YOI prison for boys, teaching drama in a refugee centre, and supporting young people in addiction. She works from a place of personal experience, having been a street homeless teenager who struggled with addiction and toxic relationships. Anna is passionate about helping society move away from shame, towards compassion.

Justin Hitchman

Justin Hitchman

Justin is an experienced sports coach and mentor with 10 years experience developing sports within his community. He is currently working as a teacher in a London comprehensive school empowering students through physical education. He is passionate about developing young people's confidence and teaching transferable skills for them to use in everyday life.

Fabienne Crocket

Fabienne Crocket

Fabienne has spent nearly a decade working in the education sector. She taught Religious Studies and Relationship and Sex Education in London secondary schools, before joining Child Poverty Action Group’s Cost of the School Day project. Fabienne has volunteered on The Mix’s helpline, providing emotional support and signposting to young people. She loves community arts and has performed as part of the National Theatre’s Public Acts cast.

Ryan Carty

Ryan Carty

Having overcome many struggles as a teenager and young adult, Ryan now uses his life experiences to educate young people. Having worked in higher education sport, he now teaches and coaches 16 -19 year olds at a semi professional football club in South London, while also supporting young people from challenging backgrounds as a mentor. He is passionate about participation in sports and culture change.

Sharareh Avazzadeh

Sharareh Avazzadeh

Sharareh is a qualified youth worker, sports coach and mentor with over 15 years’ experience supporting young people. She currently works to plug the knowledge gap in the sports sector around VAWG. Passionate about creating empowering opportunities for young people to thrive, she puts co-design and giving young people a voice at the heart of her advocacy and facilitation work.

Ivy McIntyre-Baran

Ivy McIntyre-Baran

Ivy is an experienced facilitator, working with young people in schools, development programmes and youth charities in both national and international community-based settings. She is particularly interested in how psycho-social and cultural influences impact young people and how these can be harnessed to improve outcomes for the next generation.

Ayo Awotona

Ayo Awotona

Ayo is an experienced facilitator, keynote speaker, coach and content creator. Passionate about working with young people to help them reach their full potential, she has worked on a range of programmes to support them in building skills, confidence and changing their attitudes to education. Ayo has worked on the Mayor of London’s school volunteering programme and is currently the programme manager at Foundervine.

Dan Curran

Dan Curran

Dan has spent over a decade working in the university sector, equipping students with skills to build their future careers and supporting them in their development into young leaders. He currently oversees the membership support and engagement of a students’ union and is passionate about strengthening academic and social communities through inclusion.

Rhys Shirley

Rhys Shirley

Rhys has over 12 years experience working with North London's most vulnerable and challenging young people, both as a sports coach and a lead learning assistant in a pupil referral unit. Rhy thrives on being a positive role model: helping young people to engage in a wide range of workshops to improve their skills, confidence and realise their potential.

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell

Anthony is a highly accomplished young people and families practitioner, specialising in implementing targeted community programmes and prevention strategies across charities and local government. He has worked within Youth Justice, Early Help and Adolescent Services. With over 17 years experience of advocating for marginalised communities, he enjoys working with inner city young people with complex needs, as well as those impacted by gang violence, poverty and exploitation. He is passionate about helping others and his favourite quote is ”the road to success is always under construction”.

Louise Yalonetzky

Louise Yalonetzky

Louise is an innovative educator, safeguarding lead and professional facilitator with sixteen years’ experience in education and charity settings. After finishing an MA in Critical Theory, she managed the youth programmes at the interfaith charity CCJ. She went on to train as a teacher and spent 12 years in schools in various leadership positions. Louise is committed to the wellbeing of both adults and young people in her care, passionate about equipping them with the tools to understand the world around them and make positive decisions for their futures. Louise is also an FA qualified football referee and a committed Arsenal fan.

Ella Sheltawy

Ella Sheltawy

Ella is a passionate facilitator who has worked across mental health inpatient settings, hospital A&E departments, schools, residential children’s homes, and in the community. She currently works supporting young people in crisis to build confidence and work towards positive goals. She is motivated by her belief that every young person should know their worth, and have the tools to make healthy choices and thrive.

Lildonia Lawrence

Lildonia Lawrence

Lildonia is a wellbeing coach and yoga instructor with a specialism in student support, women's health and BIPOC wellbeing. She has a background in psychology and mental health with over 12 years working in the field. She is passionate about equipping young people with the tools, autonomy, and knowledge to make the best decisions possible for their relationships, health, and overall well-being.

Louise Ashwell

Louise Ashwell

Louise is a social worker and experienced trainer with considerable experience supporting survivors of gender-based violence for the domestic abuse charity Refuge and within the NHS. She also brings recent experience managing a project providing sexual assault prevention training to university undergraduates and has previously supported the NSPCC's 'Speak Out Stay Safe' programme, delivering safeguarding assemblies and workshops for 5-11 year olds. She is deeply committed to helping provide safe, trusting spaces for young people to have their questions answered and discuss the issues that matter most to their lives

Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan

Nick is a mental health youth worker and trainer, with over 15 years experience working with young people in charities and NGOs, both in the UK and abroad. He talks openly about his experiences of living with a diagnosis of clinical depression and general anxiety disorder. He is a passionate advocate of young people using their voices to improve their own lives and their peers’. As well as being an advisor to the World Health Organisation, he is a runner, punk and has a podcast ‘ Angry Little Welshman.’

Penny Wood

Penny Wood

With over 12 years experience working predominantly in the charity and education field, Penny supports and advocates for young people with learning disabilities, Autism and complex needs. She has extensive experience of both teaching and facilitating and works to enable young people to access and thrive in their communities, build meaningful relationships and achieve sustainable employment and/or access to education. Penny is passionate about social change and removing barriers to inclusion. She supports young people to learn, gain confidence and advocate for themselves and others.

Prince Kwakye

Prince Kwakye

Prince is an experienced youth worker and family practitioner, whose expertise has seen him deliver well-being focused interventions with young people on topics like FGM/C and HIV, both in the UK and abroad. Most recently, Prince has spent a number of years within children's social care and as a trustee of an international development charity. He is passionate about empowering young people to lead change in themselves or their communities.

Simone Ujah

Simone Ujah

With over 16 years experience as a youth worker and qualified life coach, Simone manages youth services in the community and criminal justice system. She has designed, delivered and evaluated numerous programmes for young people both in these and wider educational settings, and has supported many young people through transitions in their lives. She is passionate about providing new and exciting opportunities for young people to grow and develop.

James Bower

James Bower

James has been working in London secondary schools since 2006 as a PE teacher, Head of Year and Mentor. He has worked in various educational settings: mainstream schools, special schools and educational provisions working with young people and families with different needs. James is involved in various community projects including running a weekly community fitness session for young people at Brixton Streetgym. He is passionate about developing young people mentally, physically and socially so they are empowered to lead happy healthy lives.

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